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George Vazquez poses at a New Hampshire rally with Donald Trump speaking in the background Thursday.

Sunderland Trump supporter battles to keep signs

Friday, February 5, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Calling himself a “lonely soldier,” George Vazquez says he is one of the few vocal supporters of Donald Trump in the region, but he knows many more will vote for the presidential candidate across the country. Vazquez has four Trump signs on his front lawn on Route 116 near the Amherst line, and said he was nearly forced to take them down when police came to his house claiming he had violated town bylaws. “I have been persecuted. The Police Department has come here, come into my house, raided my house and stood in my kitchen,” Vazquez said. “I had Trump signs on … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Neighbors: Share your Valentine’s Day stories with your neighbors

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello neighbor. As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear — and possibly share — some of your stories. Please send me some of your fondest Valentine’s Day memories, whether it be about your partner, children or pets. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the holiday is celebrated on Feb. 14 each year. According to, … 0

Frontier Superintendent search committee meets Thursday

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Search Subcommittee will continue to work toward hiring a replacement for outgoing superintendent Martha Barrett during a meeting Thursday morning. The meeting will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the … 0

Sunderland Fire Chief retires

Thursday, December 31, 2015

SUNDERLAND — With the new year, Sunderland will need to find itself a new fire chief. The town’s chief of 18 years, Robert Ahearn, has retired. Ahearn started with the Sunderland Fire Department in 1979 and has been … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

South County towns look to 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new home for South County EMS, a new roof on Deerfield Elementary School, the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and a possible medical marijuana dispensary will all be hot topics for Deerfield in the coming year. … 0

Twenty cars vandalized in Sunderland tire-slashing spree

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Lantern Court and Squire Village apartment complexes in Sunderland have once again become the scene of some serious vandalism. Residents awoke Tuesday morning to find that the tires of at least 15 cars at Lantern Court and five at Squire Village had been slashed. On … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

Media literacy book club to start at Sunderland library in January

Sunday, December 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition and the Sunderland Public Library have partnered to create a new book club focusing on media literacy and gender-based violence. The book club will meet the last Monday of every month, starting Jan. 29, from 6 to … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0